This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to attend the 2018 LA Beer Festival, it was my first, and certainly won’t be my last.

I finally was able to take a Saturday off work, and join the renown beer event in Downtown Los Angeles. The LA Beer Fest featured over 80 breweries and 200 beers for everyone to enjoy!

I was impressed with the wide range of brew at the event; looking at several breweries that I have tried, bringing something interesting to the table and seeing all of the other new establishments as well.

After selling out last year, the LA Beer Fest picked up where it left off with a big crowd, and tons of great vibes. The 10th annual celebration of this event really felt like a tradition, especially if your living in Los Angeles.

My girl and I, were absolutely fascinated with “Dragon’s Milk Reserve Cherry Chocolate” from New Holland Brewery.

New Holland’s incredible creation features an incredible taste from their original Dragon’s Milk, and now combined with cherry, chocolate making it one enjoyable imperial stout. This stout has a big kick with 11.0% ABV, so you might want to make this one of your last visits at the event!

I really was impressed with this brewery, and the fact they brought their Bourbon Barrel-Age version of Dragon’s Milk. I’m not a big fan of those type of stouts, but I must say New Holland balanced their flavor/bourbon perfectly!

Iron Triangle is an awesome brewery in downtown Los Angeles, it gives you the perspective from more of an industrial, warehouse type of establishment. The inspiration is vintage 1900’s Los Angeles, where the location is originally from a pre-prohibition era warehouse.

This spot in LA has great foundational beers like their new Black Lager, and of course their Iron Triangle IPA. I’m not really a fan of lagers, but their twist on a traditional type of beer makes it enjoyable.

Speaking of IPAs, pretty much every tent featured one Indian Pale Ale you could imagine.

Out of all of the IPAs that I consumed, or remember, I was impressed with nearly all of them to be honest. It was hard for me to say that I didn’t appreciate any of them, well except maybe one of the DIPA’s.

Hop Valley had an interesting IPA called “Bubble Stash”, and also their “Citrus Mistress”. Both beers featured tropical/fruitlike characterizes, with impressive amounts of hop, flavors.

I had a great time at the LA Beer Fest, and you should too! See you next year 🙂

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